We have no doubt that every person has experienced bloating at least once in their lifetime, And if you haven't, then consider yourself very lucky, because for many of us the constant bloat can be a total nuisance! Roughly 15%-30% of US citizens have reported feeling the sensation, so clearly, it's a big problem. Mainly because it can cause us to feel uncomfortable, and exhausted, and overall can just ruin our mood for the rest of the day. Luckily, Dr. Mona Vand has a few tricks up her sleeves on how to reduce bloating. Here is what she suggested.
One easy trick to lessen the amount of bloatation is intermittent fasting. This technically means that person eats in an 8-hour window period and fasts for 16 hours, with most of those latter hours coming from the night when you're sleeping of course. But if this type of diet doesn't suit your lifestyle, there are many other natural ingredients that have been known to reduce inflammation and pain in the stomach, such as ginger and fennel.
Although ginger is most effective when consumed straight from the root, there are numerous types of teas, supplements, and vitamins that include this incredible spice. It has been known to decrease bloating, nausea, pain, and other digestive issues. If you go for the pill route just take it as the bottle says. But for those getting the root itself, all you need is to blend a small chunk up and either take it straight or mix it into juice, water, to anything you'd like. Fennel is another plant used to diminish intense gas or abdominal pain caused by bloating. Recently, a study showed that the fennel plant and its seeds have many anti-inflammatory properties as well as antibacterial and antifungal! So clearly it gets the job done when it comes to lessening digestive issues.
Lastly, try to eat more foods that need less digestion. Think of things like smoothies, soups, and other soft foods that have basically been pre-digested. This reduces some of the body's jobs and in turn, lessens the amount of extension the stomach tends to do when overworked. Check our Dr. Vand's Instagram for more amazing bloating and digestion tips and tricks.